JOSEPH L. ALIOTO
CITY AND COUNTY
OF SAN FRANCISCO
William E. McDonnell, President
John A. Sutro, Vice President
William K. Coblentz
Wallace R. Lynn
Joseph P. Mazzola
William J. Dwyer, Director of Airports
M. F. Bagan, Deputy Director, Operations & Maintenance
Thomas F. Bertken, Deputy Director, Planning & Development
William V. Paizis, Deputy Director, Business & Administration
Richard B. Newport, Commission Secretary
Left to Right: Wallace R. Lynn, Joseph P. Mazzola, William
E. McDonnell, President, John A. Sutro, Vice President,
and William K. Coblentz.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
As the fifth busiest Airport in the United States in terms of passenger volume,
it was in the best interest of San Francisco to have a separate Airports Com-
mission charged solely with governing Airport matters to keep pace with
technological advances and dynamic growth of the airlines industry; to pro-
vide safe, efficient and suitable airport facilities; and to cope with the increasing
passenger, commercial and industrial development of San Francisco and the
The San Francisco International Airports Commission was therefore created
in September 1970, pursuant to a City Charter Amendment. The City Charter
Amendment provided for a governing body of five Commissioners appointed
by the Mayor of San Francisco for four year terms. The Commission elects a
President and Vice President and appoints the Director of the Airport.
During January 1973, James K. Carr, Director of Airports since September
1970, resigned. William J. Dwyer, former Deputy Director of Business at the
Airport, was appointed Director of Airports, to succeed Mr. Carr. The appoint-
ment of Mr. Dwyer provided the continuity required during a critical period
in negotiations with the airlines concerning the further development of the
Airport. Mr. Dwyer had been intimately involved in the negotiations prior to
The Airports Commission is extremely confident that Airports Director Dwyer
will provide the expertise required to meet the challenges of the next decade.
william e. McDonnell
DIRECTOR'S REPORT 1972-1973
San Francisco International Airport passenger volume reached record high levels for the second consecutive year during 1972-73. This annual record is more significant
considering that it was accomplished with fewer scheduled aircraft movements than took place at the Airport during 1969. Since 1968, San Francisco International
Airport passenger volume has increased by 2.7 million while scheduled aircraft movements have remained relatively constant.
The significant growth this past year in passenger volume, cargo shipments, and total revenues allowed the Airports Commission to maintain fiscal independence for the
17th consecutive year. The Airports Commission kept the cost of operations 11.9% under the authorized budget.
The Airport Expansion Program continues to be our major concern. The Airport staff expended considerable time and effort implementing the administrative steps
necessary to gain approval for the program. Concurrent with several Expansion Program Environmental Impact Report public hearings during the third and fourth
quarters, other administrative documents analogous to the Expansion Program were negotiated and culminated. They included the Airlines Landing Fees Agreement,
the United Airlines Maintenance Base Lease, approval of a Master Revenue Bond Resolution for the Airport Expansion Program, and a new schedule of landing fees,
rates and charges for airlines operating out of San Francisco. All of the aforementioned documents were of considerable economic importance to the City and Countv.
and represent a major step in the process of final approval and the modernization and development of the Airport.
Provisions were also made to reimburse the City and County of San Francisco, 24 million dollars advanced to the Airport prior to 1957. Repayment of these funds will
be at the rate of $2 million per year.
From a personnel standpoint, progress was made on a three year program to bring the Operations and Maintenance Division up to a manning level consistent with the
requirements for an Airport preventative maintenance program. The Airport Security Force was expanded to meet new Federal Regulations for screening passengers
and operating area security.
Construction at the Airport during the fiscal year was brisk. Thirty-nine projects totaling $21.7 million were completed or are now in progress. Major projects included
the International Rotunda scheduled to open in the first quarter of 1974, and the foundation for the North Terminal, scheduled for completion in 1975. Tenant
improvement construction focused on temporary expansion of boarding areas for Western, TWA, National, Delta, Northwest and PSA to accommodate wide-bodied
aircraft. Other improvements were initiated by United, Pan American and TWA to improve the flow, disposition and treatment of industrial waste water prior to reach-
ing the treatment plant.
Airside construction was highlighted by installation of new concrete aprons, high speed taxiway exits, and the
initial stages of the Runway 28R extension which is scheduled for Category III operation by 1975. These, along
with routine runway overlay and upkeep projects, combined to make a busy summer for Operations, which must
coordinate construction while overseeing approximately 1,000 aircraft movements per month.
In line with ever-increasing pressures to include environmental safeguards in all facets of Airpoit operations, the
Airport initiated more stringent policies, operating procedures, rules and regulations concerning the treatment of
industrial and sanitary waste. The measures implemented this fiscal year represent a majot step forward to develop
a master system, meeting present stringent State requirements and providing increased capacity. When completed
in 1 975, Airport capital cost outlay for this program will reach $1 5 million.
In closing, it is appropriate to express my sincere appreciation for the continuing cooperation of City and County
-^flfettfe^ officials, the Federal Aviation Administration, the scheduled airlines serving San Francisco International Auport
H B Wf and all others who help us provide the vital Airport services needed by the Gateway to the Pacific.
Hi nM y We look forward to the challenges of the forthcoming year,
William j. dJvyer
Director of Airports
OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
M. F. Bagan
Deputy Director /Operations
Gerald F. Raye - Head Airport Electrician
John R. Stain ton - Airport Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
David H. Matlock - Assistant Deputy Director Maintenance
George N. Nessel - Airport Maintenance Superintendent
Alvin L. Benas - Sewage Treatment Plant Superintendent
Silvio J. Tringali - Superintendent of Operations, John S. Mullin -
Communications Supervisor, Roy S. Samuels - Assistant Deputy
Director/Operations, Steven J. Misera - Custodial Supervisor.
Chief Robert E. Clancy
Lt. Philip A. Meginness, Lt. Palmer L. Bass, Chief Edward J.
Nevin, Lt. Columbus Sims and Lt. Robert M. Bom ben.
Captain Frank Drago, Captain William Murphy and Captain
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Air passenger volume and air freight shipments again established
record highs during the year.
Passenger traffic totaling 16,205,150 represented a 10.5 percent
gain over Fiscal Year 1971-72 and topped the previous record high
of 14,664,191 established last year by over 1 .5 million.
The upward trend in air passenger flow resumed in October 1971.
All-time highs have been recorded for the past twelve months.
The daily average air passenger volume approached 45,000 with
daily peaks of approximately 65,000 during pre-Christmas travel.
Air freight shipments increased by 8.1 percent, reaching a record high
of 673,139,035 pounds and topping last year's record of 622,651 ,024
pounds by over 50.4 million pounds.
of Pounds i
150 200 250 300 350 400 450 500 550 600 650 700
Air express volume for the year increas
3.3 percent to 18,1!
U.S. Mail shipped by air declined. The 206,560,903 pound tr>Tfl! w.i
percent less than last year. The decline is attributed in large pj^^^P^
lesser volume of military mail to Southeast Asia.
Aircraft movements — arrivals and departures — totaled 359,857 for the year, an
increase of 1.3 percent. Scheduled aircraft movements increased 3.1 percent,
while general aviation classifications — nonscheduled carrier and itinerant air-
craft — again declined.
Fiscal Year 1972-73 operating revenues of $22,100,599 were more than
adequate to defray all operations expenditures, debt service costs (bond
interest and redemption) and San Mateo County taxes.
Expenditures totaled $19,464,461, including debt service costs. The
$2,636,138 surplus will be used to finance Airport improvements and
betterments and to aid in financing the multi-million dollar program of
expansion and development.
Revenues for the fiscal year were 3.9 percent higher than 1971-72. Major
items of income and comparisons with the previous year are:
Air Carrier Flight Operations
Landing Fee Surcharge
Restaurant and Bar $ 979,352
and Sundries 815,356
and lots 3,842,276
Hotel (Hilton Inn)
Auto Service Stations
Expenditures totaling $19,464,461 were up 12.8 percent for the'1972-
73 fiscal period. The increase was due primarily to greater operational costs,
plus a 7.9 percent rise in taxes paid to San Mateo County.
Major expenditures were:
Salaries, Wages and Retirement $ 5,090,157
Fire/Rescue Division 912,743
Services — Other City Departments 439,724
Material & Supplies 3,427,024
Bond Interest and Redemption 8,324,015
Taxes Paid to San Mateo County 473,696
Taxes Paid to San Mateo County
No. of Employees excluding
Fire and Rescue Division
U.S. Mail by Air (Lbs)
Air Cargo (Freight and Express Lbs)
Robert G. Lee - Chief Engineer
Joseph H. New - Construction Engineer
Dale H. Fearn - Assistant Deputy Director/Planning
Thomas G. Bertken
Engineering and Construction
U N I r m o m _4 l R
Capital Improvement Program progress at San Francisco Inter-
national Airport involved 39 projects valued at S21 ,769,759.03.
Of these, 27 projects costing $12,100,144.03 were completed.
The remaining 12 projects valued at $9, 669, 61 5 are scheduled
for completion after June 30, 1973.
Completion of the "Terminal Roads, East Underpass and
Entrance Road Lighting" project together with future com-
pletion of the "Upper Loop Road" project presently under
construction will relieve auto congestion in the terminal areas.
In addition to betterments, Central Terminal ramps between
the ticket and baggage lobbies were carpeted in the initial im-
plementation of Airports Commission policy to carpet all
public areas in the terminals. Central Terminal building altera
tions are also under way to construct the Airport Medical Clinic.
Reconstruction and replacement of existing facilities ptovided
a new section for the Force Main connecting the leimmal aiea
to the Water Quality Control Plant, and also installed an
asphaltic concrete overlay of the apron pavement serving several
airlines between Piers C and D.
Projects under way and scheduled for eaily completion include
construction of Rotunda A ($4,003,494); Pilings and Founda
tion for North Terminal (S3, 778, 614); and the previously
mentioned Upper Loop Road ($847,500).
Rotunda A will provide new terminal facilities tor three inter-
national carriers. The North Terminal construction is the initial
phase of a four story terminal building which provides the
capability to handle increased passenger traffic providing an
additional one half million square feet of terminal space.
Under the Federal Airport Development Aid Program of 1970,
SFIA has received $17.7 million assistance in 27 improvement
projects costing $38.9 million. During this year under ADAP
4 and 5, 13 Airport improvement contracts valued over $8.8
million will receive 56.6% federal participation amounting to
over $5 million.
Big construction jobs are always a mess . . . and they seem to
go on forever . . . But when they're finally completed, every-
thing looks beautiful and everyone agrees it was worth it. We
are presently in the process of an Airport development program
which, during construction, will cause some inconvenience.
Every precaution is taken to minimize the impact of construc-
tion on the normal day-to-day operations.
WATER POLLUTION CONTROL
Completion of the new secondary treatment Water Quality Control Plant
on the Airport permitted attention to be directed toward improving indus-
trial wastes effluent to meet discharge requirements of the Regional Water
Quality Control Board.
An ongoing Water Pollution Quality Control Program consisting of periodic
monitoring, sampling and inspection assists the Airport in meeting the
stringent requirements of the Regional Quality Control regulations.
INDUSTRIAL WASTE WATER
Meeting the time schedule set by the Regional Water Quality Control
Board, a study of the industrial waste program or requirements at SFIA
was initiated in April 1973. The study will include recommendations for
an overall Airport industrial waste collection and treatment system, along
with the preliminary design and selection of a complete industrial waste
treatment process. The final report with recommendations is expected to
be submitted in September 1973.
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT GROWTH. In 1966, in an
effort to establish a base for future planning, the management of San Francisco
International Airport undertook studies of then-current and anticipated air
travel. Early predictions of 16 to 18 million air passengers annually were
quickly and dramatically outdated with the advent of wide-bodied jets and an
unprecedented growth in air travel.
In short order a master plan was created, and implemented by the Office of
Planning and Development, which was charged with the responsibility of
developing a suitable expansion program.
San Francisco Airport Architects, a joint venture of John Carl Warnecke &
Associates and Dreyfuss & Blackford, was retained to develop the plan, and
in 1968, was awarded a contract for architectural and engineering services for
six satellite boarding areas, or "rotundas," a new North Terminal building, a
South Terminal expansion, roads, utilities and support facilities.
During the same period, beginning in 1967, the Association of Bay Area
Governments (ABAG), through its Regional Airport System Study Committee,
undertook an in-depth study seeking solutions to the proliferating problems
facing Bay Area airports. Problems brought about by growth and by subse-
quent strain on airport facilities.
While conducting this searching study, the ABAG Committee diligently ex-
plored every facet of airport problems. A principal concern was to find ways
to minimize the impact which needed changes might have upon the environ-
ment. Technical studies were conducted over a wide range of subjects, including
access and capacity requirements, environmental and economic aspects and a
number of special subjects dealing with interrelationships with other regions,
vertical and short take-off and landing aircraft, and airport ownership. Many
public hearings were held to elicit a solid and meaningful public reaction. The
study resulted in a region-wide plan encompassing the entire San Francisco
The EIR was also thoroughly aired in San Mateo County where the San Mateo
Airport Land Use Committee held a public hearing on March 8 and the San
Mateo Planning Commission held public hearings on March 28 and another
on the Final Draft Report on June 27, 1973.
On May 1, 1973, the Airports Commission met and passed a resolution certi-
fying the completeness and adopting the Final Environmental Impact Report
and forwarded it to the Board of Supervisors.
Meanwhile, the Board of Supervisors had under preparation an ordinance on
Environmental Quality pursuant to the State of California Guidelines imple-
menting the California Environmental Quality Act of 1970. This ordi
was passed by the Board of Supervisors on April 9, 1973.
On May 17, 1973, a petition was filed in Superior Court challenging the
validity of the Airports Commission action.
Although the Airport Expansion - EIR was theoretically exempt from this
ordinance, the City Attorney advised that in light of the pending couit action
the Airport Expansion be submitted to the Department of City Planning in
accordance with the new Environmental Quality ordinance. Thus, on June 4,
1972 the Board of Supervisors referred to the Department of City Planning
the EIR for the Airport Expansion Program.
The Department of City Planning, working with the Airport staff and con
sultants, have completely revised the EIR and will publish the results by late
July 1974 with public hearings by the Planning Commission in August and
final acceptance in October 1974.